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Video roundtable: Rough sleeping – just the tip of the iceberg

April 5, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

LGiU is working with CLGdotTV to produce a series of programmes discussing a range of local government issues. Our first programmes focused on homelessness. Vicky Sargent of CLGdotTV hosted a chat with Andrew Walker, managing the LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, Cllr Stephanie Cryan of LB Southwark and Dawn Eckersley of the…


Reading the tea leaves of the local elections

April 4, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

It's four weeks until the local elections and today we publish our Ones to Watch guide to the 2019 local elections which highlights the hot races and who has the most to lose and to gain.


LGiU Fortnightly 29th March: What’s driving the housing crisis?

March 29, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

We bring you a taster of our recent appearance on Connected Local Gov TV, in which LGiU researcher Andrew Walker, Southwark Cabinet Member for Housing Stephanie Cryan, and Dawn Eckersley from the East London Housing Partnership discuss the drivers behind the housing crisis. Followed by run-down of recent LGiU member-only…


Start the democratic therapy process

March 29, 2019 by Jonathan Carr-West

It’s a bad time to talk about Brexit, but it is also a terrible time not to talk about Brexit, writes Jonathan Carr-West.


Countdown – one year til the financial cliff edge

March 28, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

The official MHCLG figures released this week show that almost all English councils are raising council tax for 2019-20, confirming our findings earlier this year from the LGiU and MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey. The 1st of April marks one year exactly until local government drops off a…


Better comms for better democracy

March 26, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Democracy is difficult in the best of times, but when the polity is questioning governance, decision-making and accountability it becomes even harder. Local authorities have responsibility for running elections and by and large do an excellent job of managing registration, balloting and counting. But more could be done to make…


Policy Developments and Responses to Homelessness in Ireland

March 21, 2019 by LGiU

Like the UK, Ireland has a homelessness crisis. The approach of the Irish government to dealing with the crisis has been markedly different to the UK government. Bob Jordan from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive explains what the response has been.


LGiU Fortnightly 15th March: Local elections ‘as fun as Fortnite’?

March 15, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Three quarters of English councils have elections in May – so what better time to give the tyres of our local democracy a kick? From the basics of publishing candidate names and polling station locations, to stamping out fake news in political discourse, we explore the ways councils can bring…


Getting excited about better elections

March 15, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s that time of year again! Our friends at Democracy Club are getting excited about local elections taking place for thousands of councillor positions across England and Northern Ireland this May. In this guest post, Joe Mitchell tells us what they’re getting so excited about.  At Democracy Club we’re thinking…


And in the mean time…

March 14, 2019 by Jonathan Carr-West

The government is being devoured by the Brexit monster. Meanwhile the other priorities - social care, housing, local government funding to name but a few - that a functioning executive should be addressing urgently are untouched and becoming more critical by the day, writes Jonathan Carr-West.